Heavy is the Head is the fourteenth episode from Season 8 of Modern Family, it aired on February 22, 2017.

Plot Summary

Despite their lofty hopes, Phil and Jay's property investment might turn out to be a bust, forcing Phil to rethink his original dream. Meanwhile, Cam lands in the hospital due to a head injury and refuses to have an MRI thanks to a traumatic incident with a well when he was a child. Determined to finally impress Claire and keep her from re-gifting her birthday present, Gloria surprises her with a day of luxury at the office. However, after Claire had to implement some rather harsh budget cuts at work, a massage at her desk may not be sending the right message.[1]

Episode Description

Phil and Jay's dream fall apart. Phil decides then to open a parking.

Gloria wants to give Claire the perfect gift. Little does she know is that cuts in the budget could change her plans.

Also, Manny challenges Haley to a Game of Thrones convention since Rainer and her will attend.

Alex, on the other side, sees her loyalty tested by her fellows at work. She decides to quit.

And Mitchell has to convince Cameron after a stupid accident to take an IRM and is determined to take drastic mesures for it.

Main Cast

(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring

  • Joe Mande as Ben
  • Jonathan Chase as Jared Cook
  • Jared Gertner as Bobby
  • Timothy Horner as Scott
  • Tory Devon Smith as Mason
  • Cat Alter as Gillian
  • Robert Baker as Pete
  • Kasey Mahaffey as Dom
  • Roy Jenkins as Kenny
  • Rahnuma Panthaky as Josie
  • Artie O’Daly as Joshua
  • Lisa-Marie Long as Mariel


  • Luke and Joe do not appear in this episode.
  • This episode was broadcasted exactly  five years after  Virgin Territory.


  • Claire's birthday was previously mentionned in iSpy. With this episode, every main character on the show have celebrated his or her birthday at least once.

Cultural References

"Heavy is [lies] the head that wears the crown" is a common misquote from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 ("Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.")

  • Haley learns from Manny about Game of Thrones
  • Cam talks about "that media whore Jessica", referring to Jessica McClure